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Peachtree iNova or iDecco as headphone amp

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I have come across a few reviews of these amps, but almost none of them seem to discuss their performance as  headphone amps. Has anyone tried them with Audeze LCD-2?

post #2 of 7

I don't own the LCD-2 so I can't answer you question directly. 

 

However, I've owned an iDecco unit for about 9 months now and I absolutely love it.  My primary cans are HD800s and I feel the iDecco drives them beautifully, though I know many will disagree.  I've simultaneously owned the Burson HA-160, an Earmax Pro, the Lehmann Black Cube Linear, and a Headroom Balanced Desktop amp/dac combo.  I've got several hundred listening hours in on all of these units now, switching back and forth, trying different combinations of cans and amps, etc, etc.  For me, I've thinned the pack down to the HD800 with the BCL and the iDecco.  Yes, I can hear a difference in presentation between the two amps, but it's far from earth shattering. 

 

If I were stuck on a tropical island and had to pick, I'd take the iDecco. 

 

PS - I have plans to move the iDecco to my office to drive my headphone rig and A/V room there.  I'll be buying the new iNova for my home office setup.

post #3 of 7

I'm actually just returning my Decco2 because of the 'laid back' sound it presents. As far as POWERING the LCD-2, it would do it just fine. My new HE 500s sit at about 1 o'clock, and they're a little harder to push than the LCD-2. 

 

From what I remember when I heard them on a Nova at the Austin meet recently I really liked it paired with an LCD-2, but I fear with more extended listening it would feel too laid back again. 

 

It's a WONDERFUL unit, and it sounds good, but it just didn't do it for me. 

 

EDIT: The whole line uses the same Headphone section, although the iNova has a better DAC than the rest.


Edited by MorbidToaster - 5/28/11 at 12:11pm
post #4 of 7

I'm not sure about the iDecco, but the Nova and the Decco2 have the same headphone amplifiers from what I've read.

post #5 of 7

They all use the same head section. At least until the iNova (which I think is still the same).

 

iDecco, Decco2, Nova

 

DAC is the same between those as well.
 

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Originally Posted by ironman31 View Post

I'm not sure about the iDecco, but the Nova and the Decco2 have the same headphone amplifiers from what I've read.



 

 

post #6 of 7

Is anyone using an iNova or Decco2 to run Denon D7000's?

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #7 of 7

I'm currently evaluating a new set of D7000s through my iDecco.  They sound great.  The iDecco definitely has enough grist to control the bass on these.  Sound great through an Earmax Pro as well, which seems to add some very nice texture in the mids.

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